Does Jesus Heal Our Ouchies?

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"Does Jesus heal our ouchies?" It's one of those moments when abstract spirituality meets bruises and scraped knees, and my son wonders with the sort of innocent curiosity possessed only by three-year-old. I hear myself answering him before I even …

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June 04 2014

Moving On

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Spring of 2010 I pointed my car in the direction of Nashville and traveled what felt like the whole length of I-65 for the first time. I'd been visiting my best friend in Nashville the …

The Make Believe of Bravery

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When's the last time you felt brave? The question went something like that. We were throwing around conversation starters, playing one of those get-to-know-you type games. We took turns awkwardly umming, passing around glances and dead air. …

How To Fall In Love Every Day

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This is a story about a marriage. It begins with a divorce lawyer, and it ends in a yurt on a rugged hillside in Idaho. Off the grid. And with no running water. I’ll tell you now, though, …

The Inches We Need: A Baseball Story

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Everywhere Around Us Last year, on a typical Saturday afternoon in America, in April, I witnessed a remarkable failure: my 11-year-old son’s baseball team blew a nine-run lead in the final inning. Up 11-2, the Pirates …

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May 21 2014

Young Man, Walk

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  I grinned when I saw him. My daughter ran and gave him the kind of velcro hug only a little sister could. He looked exhausted yet his easy gait revealed a solidness found when a …

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